Featured on HGTV, this 3,600 square foot two-story residence, located in the heart of a quintessential New England small village, was once the town's old volunteer firehouse converted into an open concept home. The home is a virtual museum of owner Dana Dakin's lifelong penchant for travel, books and art. Perfect for both celebrations or quiet private getaways. The firehouse can easily house families, groups and couples. Close to everything and yet gives a sense of privacy.
Living space upstairs and down with wood stoves and full baths on each floor. Open kitchen and dining room. Private bedroom suite on first floor. One queen bed upstairs in private room, other queen bed in separate alcove. Also available is pull out couch that sleeps two. Warm, welcoming and comfortable. Suitable for couples, family, or group of up to eight people.
The perfect space for events such as weddings, dinners, parties and celebrations. Event fees are additional - feel free to inquire with the host.
Guests will have access to all areas of the house.
Access to laundry on first floor. Off-street parking in driveway and garage.
Interaction with guests
Owner may be present during certain stays. This will be indicated upon inquiry.
Other things to note
Wilmot Flat is at the heart of one of New Hampshire's most beautiful locations - less than two miles from Mt. Kearsarge, close to skiing at Mt. Sunapee, boating at Lake Sunapee, and just a stone's throw from the Lakes Region. Quiet and charming, yet with convenient access to the capital city of Concord as well as the Upper Valley/Dartmouth College area.
No smoking or pets.
Dana Dakin founded WomensTrust after a 35-year career in the financial services industry. With experience at the New York Stock Exchange and in pension consulting with Callan Associates, she pioneered the first creative agency in 1976 to focus on marketing for institutional investment firms. Dakin Partners became associated with some of the great launches in the money management business, and went on to
co-produce the eight-part PBS series, “Beyond Wall Street: The Art of Investing.”
In 2003, to celebrate turning 60, Dakin decided to invest in the
"return" phase of life by helping women and girls in Africa break the
cycle of poverty through education and entrepreneurship. She chose
Ghana and connected to the village of Pokuase, a peri-urban community
on the outskirts of Accra, to pilot and test an entrepreneurial approach to women’s empowerment. The program evolved into WomensTrust, an NGO which integrates microloans for women, education for girls, and healthcare.
With an experienced on-the-ground staff, a Ghanaian executive director and board of directors, WomensTrust has built the infrastructure for adaptation of its community-based model beyond Pokuase.
In 2012, Dakin shifted her focus from program development to outreach and to the second half of the WomensTrust mission: "to inspire others to do the same elsewhere."
Dakin's early years were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Scripps College in 1964 with a senior honors thesis on Pan-Africanism. Her board experience includes nine years as a Scripps College trustee and a term with the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire before founding WomensTrust. Dakin was named a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow, and in 2010 received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women’s Bond Club of New York. She currently resides in Wilmot Flat, New Hampshire.
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